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Attorney General Eric Holder held in contempt for failing to cooperate with a congressional inquiry
On Wednesday, the House Oversight and Government reform Committee voted 23 to 17 to hold Holder in contempt for failing to share documents related to the "Fast and Furious" program conducted between 2009 and 2011.
The findings will be reported to the House. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the GOP leaders have already scheduled a vote for next week unless Attorney General Holder hands over the documents by then.
If passed by the House, the matter would be turned over to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald Machen Jr.
Machen is of course an employee of the Justice Department.
The documents in question are now protected by Executive Privilege.
This is the first time President Obama has invoked this so far during the Obama administration.
Most presidents have used Executive Privilege to keep officials or documents from revealing sensitive information. Former Presidents George W Bush, Clinton, George Bush, Reagan and others have invoked Executive Privilege in an attempt to keep sensitive documents from being brought forward.
To date, the White House has turned over 11,000 + documents and testified in 11 congressional hearings all an effort to cooperate with the ongoing investigation.
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